I decided recently that I can no longer complain about decisions my representatives in Congress make if I've been passive about the whole thing. I've decided that from now on, I am going to be exercise my civic rights and duties. I'm going to become better educated about what's going on in Washington; what decisions are being made on my behalf. I realize that this post will not be entertaining, or funny, or heartwarming, but I feel a need to write it anyway.
Misfit led me to DownsizeDC.org, which educates about important issues and makes contacting your government representatives as simple as clicking a button. I found some issues I think are important and plan to follow in the coming months and years.Disgusted by the prices your grandparents have to pay for their medications? Did you know that drug companies spent $10 million dollars to convince congressmen and women to vote against allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices? They passed this bill about three years ago, under cover of darkness, at 3am, long after C-span was off the air, and that's no coincidence. This video will raise your blood pressure. I'll warn you that it's almost 14 minutes long, but it's worth your time if you care about this issue.
Here are two more of the issues I cared enough to send a letter about.
I also found a site called Congress.org, which will keep you up-to-date on how your representatives are voting on your behalf. (Don't ask me why this is underlined; I have no idea.
The issues you and I care most about might be different, but it's important to care. I hope you check out the sites and find something worth your attention.